A Health”ier” Version of Chicken Nuggets.

We love chicken nuggets at our house.  And that includes me!  I have been checking recipe sites to see if there are healthier, homemade versions of chicken nuggets, so we can try to cut out some of the preservatives.  I found one and it’s delicious.  I hope you enjoy it too.

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Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

2/3 cup milk

3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded(I found this to be too much cheese – you could cut it in half)

2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs(I used italian croutons and crushed them up)

2 tbsp butter, melted

1 (18 oz) Can of 3 cheese sauce (I bought 3 cheese alfredo sauce, but completely forgot to add this at the end)  They were still really good without it!

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped(I didn’t have this)

Directions:

Preheat over 400 degrees.  Cut each breast of chicken into 3 pieces.  Dip into the milk, then the cheddar cheese, then the breadcrumbs.  Place on a baking sheet.  Cover with foil.

Bake the chicken in preheated over for 25 minutes, then remove foil, baste with butter and cook 10-12 more minutes uncovered.  Coating will crisp and chicken will finish cooking.

While chicken is cooking, place the cheese sauce in a pan and heat it up.

Remove chicken from the oven and place on the platter.  Spoon sauce over the chicken.  Top with parsley.  As I said above I forgot about the cheese sauce altogether and they were still really good!

To complete the meal I made a bowl of broccoli slaw and some green beans.  Very filling and very tasty!

 

 

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Looking for guidance and waiting for the divine answer is definitely not easy.  The waiting adds more anxiety and soon you may be mad about something completely different.  I am there, more than I am not.  Read the scriptures and let yourself get lost in the story of Jesus.  That is the only way that I can feel better and forget about what was bugging me.  Really we need to stop thinking about ourselves and our own problems and focus on what God wants.  Not so easy, I know!

Trust, Love, Patience, Happiness!

Have a blessed day!

Oh my did I hit the jackpot!

 I have been wondering about a substitute for the canned cream soups that make everything taste so yummy and make them so bad for you.  Well I have found it!  I found a fellow mommy blogger who makes safe healthy food for her family.  Her site is stacymakescents.com

Visit her and enjoy!

Cream-Of Soup Mix

Adapted from Taste of Home

2 cups dry milk powder (non-instant is preferred)

¾ cup organic cornstarch (to avoid GMOs)

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon dried basil

½ teaspoon dried parsley

¼ teaspoon black pepper

 

Mix all ingredients together with a whisk. Store in an airtight container.

To make into soup, combine 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 ¼ cups water in a small saucepan. Whisk until smooth. On medium heat, bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, until thick. Cool. This amount = 1 can condensed cream-of soup.

For Cream-of Chicken Soup: use 1 ¼ cups chicken broth instead of water.

For Cream-of Mushroom Soup:  use water; add ¼ cup diced, cooked mushrooms to soup after it thickens

For Cream-of Celery Soup: use water, add ¼ cup diced, cooked celery to the soup after it thickens or add a dash of celery seed to the mixture while it’s cooking.

 

Taco Bites for dinner!

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I found this on Biggest Loser’s website.  It is a healthy snack for a fun lunch/dinner option.

1 bag of Scoops chips

Romaine lettace

Chopped tomatoes

Fat Free sour cream – they used Greek Yogurt

Ground beef – cooked with taco seasoning – they used ground turkey

Shredded cheese – they used fat free

Layer all the ingredients and add other taco fixings if you like.  Serve on a platter as apetizers or for a light dinner or lunch.  My kids thought this was pretty cool.  We love tacos!

I did it and it was so good!

I tried the 4 ingredient Artisian Bread “no kneed” recipe that I posted earlier.  It took  a long time to prepare the dough, because it needs to rise a long time and then when you cut it into a loaf it need to rise again.  But now I have a bowl full of dough in my fridge gettting better and better each day.  It was so good and the kids loved it.  Try it!  4 ingredients!

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The Plan and then how it really turned out!

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Here is the plan.  It’s a very well thought out plan and fairly easy to execute, unless your day starts unraveling with a sick baby, sub zero cold weather and a tired cranky pre-teen.  Oh and did I mention this all happened on the morning we were getting ready for church!  Of course it did.  Did I fail my first attempt at following this plan, yes, yes I did!  However, the second day went much better.  I am the type of person that gets way to worked up when I have a plan and then it falls apart.  I don’t want to be, but that is how I am hard-wired and I don’t like it.  I am working on that!  It’s very difficult and time consuming to change 30+ years of thinking the way I thought before.  Baby steps will eventually turn into giant leaps…I hope!  You can click on the picture of the plan and save it to your computer for your own use if you would like.

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Long day of waiting for big brother to play basketball. They placed second in the tournament . It was so fun to watch!
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